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Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese and Dagaare

A Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Analysis

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Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese and Dagaare by Kwong-Cheong Wong
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This dissertation, "Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese and Dagaare: a Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar Analysis" by Kwong-cheong, Wong, 黃廣昌, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of dissertation entitled "Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese and Dagaare: A Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar Analysis" submitted by Wong Kwong Cheong for the degree of Master of Arts (Linguistics) at The University of Hong Kong in June 2006 Serial verb constructions (SVCs) across languages have been widely discussed in the literature. According to Bodomo (1998), an SVC is one in which two or more different verbs share identical arguments within a single clause and is typically conceptualized as a single event. The serial verb construction is a highly productive linguistic phenomenon in both Cantonese (a Yue dialect of Chinese; Matthews 2006) and Dagaare (a Gur language of West Africa; Bodomo 1997). SVCs are notoriously difficult to analyze within most grammatical frameworks. Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG; Pollard and Sag 1987, 1994) is a non-transformational generative grammar. It has become one of the predominant grammatical frameworks, in the areas of theoretical and computational linguistics. This thesis investigates the issues of analyzing Cantonese and Dagaare SVCs within the framework of HPSG. Based on earlier works such as Bodomo (1998) and Bodomo, Lam and Yu (2003), it argues that Cantonese and Dagaare SVCs should be analyzed as complex predicates (Alsina, Bresnan and Sells 1997; Hinrichs, Kathol and Nakazawa 1998), on the grounds that the verbs in an SVC behave as a single unit to lexicalize one single, albeit complex, event. It further proposes to use the method of argument composition, which has been influential since it was introduced by Hinrichs and Nakazawa (1989, 1994), to formally represent complex predicates in HPSG. Argument composition is a syntactic operation which composes two argument-taking predicates, so that the higher predicate subcategorizes not only for the lower predicate, but also for the lower predicate's arguments. (250 words) DOI: 10.5353/th_b3693405 Subjects: Cantonese dialects - Verb phraseDagaare language - Verb phrase
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January 27th, 2017
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United States
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colour illustrations
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Open Dissertation Press
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216x279x6
ISBN-13
9781361478165
Product ID
26644249

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